If you have ever had adware installed on your computer, then you must be well aware of the symptoms and consequences of its presence on your machine. You probably know by now that the surest way to determine whether or not your PC has been infected by a piece of software categorized as adware are the numerous popups, banners and other ads in your Chrome, Firefox, Edge or other favorite browser.
Usually once the program in question gets installed, the number of these online ads within your browser increases dramatically, regardless of the websites being visited and often obstructing the user’s online experience. The only way you will be able to save yourself from all the annoying online ads is by removing the programs responsible for producing them and this case that would be one of the latest adware representatives – Hipmy “Virus”. And for that very purpose we will provide you with a detailed removal guide, just below this article. But please read through the following information before heading over to the instructions.
What is Hipmy “Virus” and what is it doing?
As a typical adware representative, Hipmy “Virus” primarily aims to expose you and other users to as many online ads, promoting various products and services, as possible. The point of it all boils down to making a profit. This is all part of a very lucrative business model that revolves around the so-called Pay Per Click scheme or PPC. PPC involves the practice of generating income for software developers by means of the ads that their software (adware) produces getting clicked by regular users such as yourself. This practice also ensures that the vendors of the numerous advertised products and services will gain higher exposure for the things they’re trying to sell and therefore, potentially, more customers.
This is a legitimate remuneration system and a very popular one at that. However, it tends to breed various questionable and rather unsavory practices on behalf of the adware developers. For one, in order to be able to maximize their revenue from programs like Hipmy “Virus”, the developers tend to resort to different data-acquiring techniques, which may not necessarily be made known to the affected users. For instance, adware like Hipmy “Virus” may very well be programmed to collect data related to your browsing patterns, such as your latest search requests of the websites you tend to visit most often. This information can provide the adware with the necessary insight as to your personal preferences and interests. And based on that information, the adware can then modify its ad flow and adjust it to match those preferences of yours. Thus, you will essentially find yourself looking at ads that one way or another correspond to your recent online activities.
Again, whereas this practice isn’t quite classified as illegal and though the program in question doesn’t have access to sensitive or private information, one could still very much view this as a privacy violation. And with the possibility of the gathered data being sold on to third party marketers, the practice becomes all the more unappealing and unwanted in the eyes of the average users. Security experts actually tend to categorize programs like Hipmy “Virus” as potentially unwanted, exactly due to such intrusive behavior.
How to avoid adware from now on?
Getting rid of Hipmy “Virus” is one thing and an important one at that. But it’s also equally important to learn how to keep your system clean of such nuisances from now on. While we cannot pinpoint the exact source of Hipmy “Virus” in your particular case, we would like to name the most common sources of adware programs in general, so that you may steer clear of them henceforth. These are, for example, program bundles, especially those found on various file-sharing platforms, such as open source download sites. It will of course be best to only use trusted websites as your download sources, but being cautious during the installation of new programs is just as necessary. Always customize the installation of new programs by opting for the advanced or custom settings. These will enable you to control what exactly goes into your system. These are both important steps in maintaining the security of your PC, as viruses, such as Trojans, ransomware spyware and others tend to sometimes be bundled with seemingly legitimate programs. So, you can also view this as a way of preventing potential virus infections, as well.
Hipmy “Virus” Removal
Before you begin completing the steps from the following guide, we advise you to place a bookmark on this page or have it opened on a separate device since some of the following steps will require you to close your browser.
Enter Safe Mode. If you don’t know how to do it, use this guide.
Open the Task Manger by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc. Go to the processes/details Tab and take a look at the resulting list. If you see a process with the name of the unwanted program or looks shady, right-click on it and select Open File Location. If you believe it is part of the infection, delete the files.
Use the Winkey+R key combination to open the Run window and in the search field type appwiz.cpl. Hit Enter and in the resulting list, look for recently installed programs that look potentially unwanted. If you find anything – uninstall it.
Re-open Run and this tie type msconfig. Hit Enter again and in the resulting window, go to the Startup tab. See if there are any shady programs there and if anything looks suspicious uncheck it and then select OK.
In the Start Menu search field, copy-paste the following line: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts . Open the first result and look at the bottom of the file where it says “Localhost”. If there are any IP addresses below that, tell us what they are in the comments since they might be coming from the unwanted software.
Type Network Connections in the Windows search field and click on the first result. Right-click on the adapter that you are using at the moment and go to Properties > Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IP) > Properties.
If the DNS line is not set to Obtain DNS server automatically, make sure to check that option.
Now go to Advanced > DNS tab and remove everything in DNS server addresses, in order of use.
Right-click on your browser’s icon and select Properties. Delete everything in Target that is after .exe”.
For Chrome users
Close Chrome and go to this folder: C:/Users/*Your username*/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. Change the name of the Default folder to Backup Default. Re-open Chrome.
For Firefox users
Open Firefox and click on the Main Menu > Add-ons > Extensions. If you see anything suspicious there, remove it.
For IE users
When you open the browser, go to Tools > Manage Ad-ons and remove the unwanted software if you see it there. Next, go to Tools > Internet options and change the homepage URL to whatever you are normally using.
Open Run (Winkey+R), type Regedit and click on OK. Next, press Ctrl+F and type the malware name. Hit Enter and delete everything that gets found.
If there are no results from the search, manually visit those folders in the Registry Editor.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main
If you find there any suspicious keys that have names with a lot of random letters and numbers, delete them or if you are not sure, tell us in the comments what you saw.